I wish this convertor was around a couple of years ago when I desperately needed it, but I’m sure others will be needing it just as badly now. Because Inventor and the rest of the parametric modeling programs out there are very weak in the free-form surfacing area, surface work is often done in another program that was made for that type of work. In Shipbuilding where I worked, the hull and superstructure surfaces were created in Rhinoceros (Rhino) or Rhino Marine. In the Auto and Aerospace industries, Alias was the tool of choice (but it was far too expensive for all but the biggest companies).
How times have changed. Now Autodesk owns Alias, and the price has dropped dramatically to a point where it is affordable by all but the smallest company –and it is truly round-trip with Inventor. In my opinion, this is about as good as it gets. But…. if you are still stuck in the Inventor/Rhino loop, this convertor will go a long way towards interoperability with your conceptual team. No more having to bug the guy with Rhino to convert a file for you, or, as happened to me, waiting for Rhino dude to come back from vacation!
The plug-in imports Rhino solids, surfaces, wires, and points with no need for file conversion, and if history repeats itself, it will simply become part of the next version of Inventor…
This morning I checked out the Butterfly Project, and I must say it appears as though something along these lines may be very useful to current AutoCAD users or those of us who have to deal with legacy files. The right click context menu was annoying in that it did not behave as expected for AutoCAD (Flash related stuff only), but it is still a technology preview where things such as this are discovered and fixed. Also……I sent two invitation emails to one of my other email addresses which never came, so I never got to try out that functionality, and the multi selection (window select) is limited to 30 objects at this time, but again, it’s a preview.
One thing that definitely needs to be changed is the size being fixed at what looks to be an optimized size for a 1200 x 1600 resolution monitor. Engineers and Designers who are the target audience of this product (service?) are likely to have larger, wide screen monitors, so there is a lot of wasted space as you can see in the image above. If the interface re-sized to fill the usable screen, it would help. Especially when working in garish AutoCAD files
I received a message several weeks ago from the President of confidity about their iLogic “Configurator”. I have yet to try this product out, but am impressed by what I have seen so-far. From the video alone, you can see how much better a solution something like this is when compared to the stock iLogic interface and functionality….
..one can only hope that Autodesk either creates a similar interface and functionality, or purchases this companies technology and integrates it with Inventor as they did with iLogic. If Inventor is to ever break out of the MCAD doldrums and expand into becoming a truly all purpose successor to the fading 2D flagship AutoCAD, they will need to make a few leaps and bounds in this area instead of the trickle down to subscribers only that is the modus operandi at present.
Inventor users will use configurator/KBE software to automate engineering and accelerate sales.
Austin, TX (PRWEB) January 22, 2010 — Citius Corporation, the innovative developer of the KBMax, today announced their software integrates with Autodesk Inventor 2010 software. Manufacturers use Autodesk Inventor 2010 to create digital prototypes for a wide range of engineer to order products. KBMax will automate those custom designs and accelerate corresponding price quote processes. More efficient engineering and sales gives manufacturers a competitive advantage in a tough economy.
Autodesk Inventor software is an industry leader in 3D mechanical design, product simulation, tooling creation, and design communication with thousands of worldwide users. Autodesk Inventor 2010 includes hundreds of new features that help engineers design, visualize, and simulate their products. Autodesk developed the new version to provide the ultimate in engineering power and flexibility and take users beyond 3D to Digital Prototyping. Continue reading
New at Autodesk Labs(a kind of skunk-works for new software ideas), is Project Butterfly, a technology preview of cloud computing that enables AutoCAD users to edit and collaborate on AutoCAD drawings through a Web browser. Something along these lines would definitely speed up the collaborative process on projects with widely dispersed team members.
When I was the Senior Architectural Modeler/Applications Engineer at a large yacht maker, a typical design cycle would have us collaborating with designers and engineers in the Netherlands, Germany, England, Australia, New Zealand, and Italy as well as vendors scattered across North America. Having something like this back then would have helped greatly with AutoCAD files.
Content Center is Inventor’s built-in library of mostly smaller, generic parts based on international standards. It contains 3D models of nuts, bolts, springs, pipe, valves, and other items. If you dont require material properties or colors, they can be used as-is in some instances such as the self tapping screw example below…
Lets say I am designing a new gizmo, and I needed a Cross Recessed Flat Countersunk Head tapping Screw – Type BF – Type 1 – Metric, I would click on the icon to the right, and the dialog below would pop up. When the part is located as is shown below, I would double click on the highlighted item…